Patents by Inventor Hironori Araki

Hironori Araki has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11410688
    Abstract: A thermally-assisted magnetic recording head includes a medium facing surface, a main pole, a waveguide, and a plasmon generator. A second metal layer of the plasmon generator includes a second front end facing the medium facing surface. A third metal layer of the plasmon generator includes a narrow portion located on the second metal layer. The narrow portion includes a front end face located in the medium facing surface and configured to generate near-field light from a surface plasmon, and a rear end opposite the front end face. The rear end is located farther from the medium facing surface than is the second front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki, Yoji Nomura, Yukinori Ikegawa, Weihao Xu
  • Patent number: 11380353
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main pole, a trailing shield, a spin torque oscillator, first and second side shields, first and second gap films, and first and second guard films. The first gap film and the first guard film are interposed between the trailing shield and the first side shield. The second gap film and the second guard film are interposed between the trailing shield and the second side shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Shigeki Tanemura, Kazuki Sato, Yoji Nomura, Hironori Araki, Tetsuhito Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11289117
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a medium facing surface, a main pole, a trailing shield, and a spin torque oscillator. A bottom surface of the trailing shield includes a first portion that includes an end located in the medium facing surface and is in contact with the spin torque oscillator at least in part. An element height that is a dimension of the spin torque oscillator in a direction perpendicular to the medium facing surface and a writer height that is a dimension of the first portion in the direction perpendicular to the medium facing surface are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki, Yoji Nomura, Tetsuya Roppongi, Tetsuhito Shinohara, Ying Liu, Min Li, Alain Truong, Yuhui Tang, Wenyu Chen
  • Publication number: 20220019717
    Abstract: A model creation device 11 includes a replacement information obtaining unit 111 that obtains replacement part information for identifying a replaced part of a vehicle, replacement date information indicating the date when the part was replaced, and vehicle identification information for identifying the vehicle, a first data obtaining unit 112 that obtains a measured data set including a plurality of measured data obtained by measuring the state of a vehicle from a plurality of vehicles in association with the vehicle identification information, and a model creation unit 114 that creates a failure prediction model by using the plurality of measured data included in a measured data set obtained from a vehicle having a problem in the result of the executed self-diagnosis as training data for failure occurrence, among the plurality of measured data sets corresponding to the plurality of pieces of vehicle identification information obtained by the replacement information obtaining unit 111.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Toshiyuki USUI, Hironori ARAKI
  • Patent number: 11211082
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a medium facing surface, a main pole, a trailing shield, a spin torque oscillator, and a first insulating layer. The first insulating layer is interposed between a portion of the main pole and a portion of the spin torque oscillator. The first insulating layer has a first end closest to the medium facing surface. The spin torque oscillator has a rear end farthest from the medium facing surface. The first end of the first insulating layer is located closer to the medium facing surface than the rear end of the spin torque oscillator is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Tetsuhito Shinohara, Shigeki Tanemura, Kazuki Sato, Yoji Nomura, Hironori Araki, Tetsuya Roppongi
  • Patent number: 11056282
    Abstract: A capacitor includes a dielectric structure formed of a sintered dielectric, and a first electrode and a second electrode each formed of a conductor. The dielectric structure includes a wall. The first electrode and the second electrode are insulated from each other by the wall. The wall has a height which is a dimension in a first direction, and a thickness which is a dimension in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the height being greater than the thickness. The wall has a non-straight shape when seen in the first direction. A manufacturing method for the capacitor includes forming the dielectric structure, and forming the first electrode and the second electrode simultaneously after the formation of the dielectric structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC., TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Hironori Araki, Seiichiro Tomita, Atsushi Iijima
  • Patent number: 10872624
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a coil, a main pole, a write shield, a lower return path section, and an accommodation section. The accommodation section accommodates at least part of the return path section. A first portion of the accommodation section has a first inclined surface. A second portion of the accommodation section has a second inclined surface. A coil element of the coil has a third inclined surface opposed to the first inclined surface, and a fourth inclined surface opposed to the second inclined surface. The lower return path section includes a first inclined portion extending along the first inclined surface, and a second inclined portion extending along the second inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki, Yukinori Ikegawa
  • Patent number: 10803888
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a magnetic head includes the steps of: forming a main pole; forming a spin torque oscillator; and forming a trailing shield. The step of forming the spin torque oscillator includes: a step of forming a layered film; a step of forming an interposition layer; a step of forming a mask; a first etching step of etching a portion of the interposition layer using the mask; a second etching step of etching a portion of the layered film using the mask and the interposition layer as an etching mask; a step of removing the interposition layer and the mask; and a patterning step of patterning the layered film into the spin torque oscillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki, Yoji Nomura, Tetsuya Roppongi, Atsushi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10748559
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main pole, a trailing shield, a spin torque oscillator, and a buffer layer. The buffer layer is interposed between the main pole and the spin torque oscillator. The spin torque oscillator has first and second side surfaces. The first and second side surfaces respectively form first and second angles with respect to a direction perpendicular to a top surface of a substrate. The first and second angles each fall within a range of 0° to 10°. The buffer layer has third and fourth side surfaces. The third side surface includes a first inclined portion forming a third angle greater than the first angle. The fourth side surface includes a second inclined portion forming a fourth angle greater than the second angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hironori Araki, Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Yoji Nomura, Shigeki Tanemura, Kazuki Sato, Tetsuya Roppongi, Atsushi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10586558
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main pole and a write shield. The write shield includes a bottom shield, a first side shield and a second side shield. The first side shield has first and second sidewalls. The second side shield has third and fourth sidewalls. Each of the second and fourth sidewalls has a top edge farthest from a top surface of a substrate. The top edge of each of the second and fourth sidewalls is parallel to a medium facing surface. A portion of a top surface of the bottom shield, the first sidewall, and the third sidewall define a receiving section to receive a portion of the main pole. The receiving section has a bottom including a first inclined portion, a second inclined portion, and a third inclined portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Kei Hirata
  • Patent number: 10545287
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a waveguide includes forming a core including a first and a second layer. The first layer has a top surface including a first region opposed to a bottom surface of the second layer, and a second region not opposed to the bottom surface of the second layer. Forming the core includes a step of forming an initial first layer, an etching stopper layer on the second region of the top surface of the initial first layer, an initial second layer on the initial first layer and the etching stopper layer, and a step of etching the initial second layer until the etching stopper layer is exposed, to make the initial second layer into the second layer. A difference between the refractive index of the etching stopper layer and the core is smaller than or equal to 10% of the refractive index of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yukinori Ikegawa, Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Shigeki Tanemura, Hironori Araki
  • Patent number: 10366712
    Abstract: A first side shield has a first sidewall and a second sidewall, and a second side shield has a third sidewall and a fourth sidewall. The first to fourth sidewalls have first to fourth edges, respectively, that are farthest from a top surface of a substrate. The distance between a rear end of the first edge and a rear end of the third edge in a track width direction is greater than the distance between a front end of the first edge and a front end of the third edge in the track width direction. The distance between the second edge and the fourth edge in the track width direction increases with increasing distance from the medium facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Kazuki Sato, Hironori Araki, Yukinori Ikegawa, Yoji Nomura
  • Publication number: 20190228795
    Abstract: A first side shield has a first sidewall and a second sidewall, and a second side shield has a third sidewall and a fourth sidewall. The first to fourth sidewalls have first to fourth edges, respectively, that are farthest from a top surface of a substrate. The distance between a rear end of the first edge and a rear end of the third edge in a track width direction is greater than the distance between a front end of the first edge and a front end of the third edge in the track width direction. The distance between the second edge and the fourth edge in the track width direction increases with increasing distance from the medium facing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka SASAKI, Hiroyuki ITO, Kazuki SATO, Hironori ARAKI, Yukinori IKEGAWA, Yoji NOMURA
  • Patent number: 10283274
    Abstract: A capacitor includes a dielectric structure formed of a sintered dielectric, and a first electrode and a second electrode each formed of a conductor. The dielectric structure includes a wall. The first electrode and the second electrode are insulated from each other by the wall. The wall has a height which is a dimension in a first direction, and a thickness which is a dimension in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the height being greater than the thickness. The wall has a non-straight shape when seen in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC., TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Hironori Araki, Seiichiro Tomita, Atsushi Iijima
  • Publication number: 20190035558
    Abstract: A capacitor includes a dielectric structure formed of a sintered dielectric, and a first electrode and a second electrode each formed of a conductor. The dielectric structure includes a wall. The first electrode and the second electrode are insulated from each other by the wall. The wall has a height which is a dimension in a first direction, and a thickness which is a dimension in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the height being greater than the thickness. The wall has a non-straight shape when seen in the first direction. A manufacturing method for the capacitor includes forming the dielectric structure, and forming the first electrode and the second electrode simultaneously after the formation of the dielectric structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicants: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC., TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka SASAKI, Hiroyuki ITO, Hironori ARAKI, Seiichiro TOMITA, Atsushi IIJIMA
  • Publication number: 20190019623
    Abstract: A capacitor includes a dielectric structure formed of a sintered dielectric, and a first electrode and a second electrode each formed of a conductor. The dielectric structure includes a wall. The first electrode and the second electrode are insulated from each other by the wall. The wall has a height which is a dimension in a first direction, and a thickness which is a dimension in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, the height being greater than the thickness. The wall has a non-straight shape when seen in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicants: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC., TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka SASAKI, Hiroyuki ITO, Hironori ARAKI, Seiichiro TOMITA, Atsushi IIJIMA
  • Patent number: 10134430
    Abstract: A thermally-assisted magnetic recording head includes a main pole, a plasmon generator and a heat sink. The main pole includes a first narrow portion and a first wide portion. The plasmon generator includes a second narrow portion and a second wide portion. The first narrow portion has a first side surface and a second side surface. The second narrow portion has a third side surface and a fourth side surface. The heat sink includes a first portion adjacent to the first side surface and the third side surface, and a second portion adjacent to the second side surface and the fourth side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Hironori Araki, Shigeki Tanemura, Hideo Mamiya, Masakazu Okada
  • Patent number: 10062402
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a waveguide includes forming a core including a first layer and a second layer. The first layer has a top surface including a first region with which a bottom surface of the second layer is in contact, and a second region with which the bottom surface of the second layer is not in contact. Forming the core includes the steps of: forming an initial first layer; forming an etching stopper layer on the second region of the initial first layer; forming an initial second layer on the initial first layer and the etching stopper layer; etching the initial second layer and the initial first layer so as to make the initial first layer into the first layer; and etching the initial second layer until the etching stopper layer is exposed, so as to make the initial second layer into the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hironori Araki, Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Shigeki Tanemura, Seiichiro Tomita, Masakazu Okada
  • Patent number: 9958769
    Abstract: A plasmon generator including a wide portion and a narrow portion is manufactured by etching an initial plasmon generator using an etching mask. The etching mask includes a first mask layer for defining the shape of one of the narrow portion and the wide portion, and a second mask layer for defining the shape of the other of the narrow portion and the wide portion. The etching mask is formed by forming a first hard mask, a second initial mask layer and a second hard mask in this order on a first initial mask layer, and etching the first and second initial mask layers by using the first and second hard masks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hironori Araki, Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Seiichiro Tomita, Shigeki Tanemura, Yukinori Ikegawa
  • Patent number: 9812156
    Abstract: A thermally-assisted magnetic recording head includes a main pole and a plasmon generator. The main pole has a front end face located in the medium facing surface. The plasmon generator has a near-field light generating surface located in the medium facing surface. The front end face of the main pole includes a first end face portion and a second end face portion. The second end face portion is located farther from the near-field light generating surface than is the first end face portion, and is greater than the first end face portion in width in the track width direction. The first end face portion and the near-field light generating surface are equal in width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HEADWAY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Hiroyuki Ito, Shigeki Tanemura, Hideo Mamiya, Hironori Araki, Seiichiro Tomita